Archive for October 8th, 2019

FOUNDING BAND MEMBER IS DEAD AT 70

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Lawrence E. Junstrom (June 22, 1949 – October 6, 2019)

(Fox News) – Larry Junstrom, a founding member of the Southern rock
band
Lynyrd Skynyrd and bassist for .38 Special, has died. 

The announcement was made on Sunday via .38 Special’s Facebook
page. Junstrom played with the band from 1977 until his retirement
in 2014, due to a hand injury which required surgery.

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38 Special band members walk the red carpet at the 34th Annual
Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Concert and Show in Atlanta,
Ga., on Oct. 14, 2012.

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SIGOURNEY WEAVER IS 70 TODAY

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Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver

She played the resourceful action hero Ellen Ripley in the Alien film franchise 
beginning in 1979. She also played Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters (1984) and
Ghostbusters II (1989)  and Dr. Grace Augustine in Avata (2009).

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ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO BE HELD

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–This weekend, Dale Earnhardt’s iconic No. 3 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo will return to the racetrack to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Talladega Superspeedway and Richard Childress Racing.

Childress will drive the No. 3 to pace the field at Talladega on Sunday prior
to the start of the 1000Bulbs.com 500. The iconic team owner started his
NASCAR career at Talladega’s grand-opening weekend and the track is
also home to Earnhardt’s last career victory in October 2000.

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)


On February 18, 2001, Dale Sr. lost his life at the 43rd running of
The Great American Race following a devastating collision on the
outside wall at Daytona International Speedway. He was 49 years
old.

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NASCAR & International Motorsports Hall of Famer Richard Childress.

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THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE ON THIS DAY IN 1871

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Flames spark in the
Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting
a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450
buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million
(in 1871 dollars; $3 billion in 2007 dollars) in damages.

Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the O’Leary barn and started
the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a comet may have been responsible for the event that left four square miles of the Windy City and its
business district in ruins.

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